UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

 

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): March 3, 2021

 

Taronis Fuels, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

 

Delaware   000-56101   32-0547454

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

 

24980 N. 83rd Avenue, Suite 100
Peoria, AZ 85383

(Address of Principal Executive Offices and Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (866) 370-3835

 

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Securities to be registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class  

Trading Symbol

  Name of each exchange on which registered
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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter)

 

Emerging growth company [X]

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. [  ]

 

 

 

     
 

 

Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

 

On March 3, 2021, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Taronis Fuels, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), entered into a Section 382 Rights Agreement (as may be amended from time to time, the “Rights Agreement”) with Nevada Agency and Transfer Company, as Rights Agent (the “Rights Agent”) in an effort to protect shareholder value by, among other things, protecting against a possible limitation on the Company’s ability to use its net operating loss carryforwards (the “NOLs”) and other tax benefits to reduce potential future United States Federal income tax obligations (“Tax Benefits”). The Company has experienced substantial operating losses, and under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), and rules promulgated thereunder, the Company may “carry forward” these NOLs and other Tax Benefits in certain circumstances to offset any current and future earnings and thus reduce the Company’s federal income tax liability, subject to certain requirements and restrictions. To the extent that the NOLs and other Tax Benefits do not otherwise become limited, the Company believes that it will be able to carry forward a significant amount of NOLs and other Tax Benefits arising in the future, and therefore these NOLs and other Tax Benefits could be a substantial asset to the Company. However, if the Company experiences an “ownership change,” as defined in Section 382 of the Code, its ability to use the NOLs and other Tax Benefits will be substantially limited, including that the timing of the usage of the NOLs and other Tax Benefits could be substantially delayed, which could therefore significantly impair the value of those assets. The description and terms of the Rights are set forth in the Rights Agreement.

 

On March 3, 2021, the Board declared a dividend of one right (the “Rights”) for each outstanding share of Common Stock, par value $0.000001 per share, of the Company (the “Common Shares”). The Rights will be issued to the holders of record of Common Shares outstanding on March 3, 2021 (the “Record Date”) and will be issued with respect to Common Shares issued thereafter until the Distribution Date (as defined below). Each Right, when it becomes exercisable as described below, will entitle the registered holder to purchase from the Company one one-thousandth (1/1,000th) of a share of Series A Participating Cumulative Preferred Stock, par value $0.000001 per share, of the Company (the “Preferred Shares”) at a price of $25.00 (the “Purchase Price”).

 

Until the earlier of (i) such time as the Company learns that a person or group (including any affiliate or associate of such person or group) has acquired, or obtained the right to acquire, beneficial ownership of 4.99% or more of the outstanding Common Shares (any such person or group being called an “Acquiring Person”), and (ii) such date, if any, as may be designated by the Board following the commencement of, or first public disclosure of an intention to commence, a tender or exchange offer for outstanding Common Shares which could result in such person or group becoming the beneficial owner of 4.99% or more of the outstanding Common Shares, (the earlier of such dates being called the “Distribution Date”), the Rights will be evidenced by certificates for Common Shares registered in the names of the holders thereof, or, in the case of Common Shares held in uncertificated form, by the transaction statement or other record of ownership of such Common Shares, and not by separate Right Certificates.

 

Generally, the Rights Agreement provides that any person or group (including any affiliate or associate of such person or group) (a “Grandfathered Person”) which beneficially owned (as disclosed in public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission) 4.99% or more of the outstanding Common Shares as of the close of business on the date of the Rights Agreement (the percentage of such ownership, the “Grandfathered Percentage”) will not be deemed an “Acquiring Person” unless such Grandfathered Person exceeds its Grandfathered Percentage by 0.5% or more of the outstanding shares of Common Stock. If any Grandfathered Person sells, transfers or otherwise disposes of any outstanding Common Shares after the close of business on the date of the Rights Agreement, the related Grandfathered Percentage shall then mean the lesser of (a) the Grandfathered Percentage as in effect immediately prior to such sale, transfer or disposition and (b) the percentage of outstanding Common Shares of the Company that such Grandfathered Person beneficially owns immediately following such sale, transfer or disposition; provided, however, if at any time after the close of business on the date of the Rights Agreement, such Grandfathered Person is the beneficial owner of less than 4.99% of the outstanding Common Shares, then such person or group (including any affiliate or associate of such person or group) will cease to be a Grandfathered Person. Additionally, the Rights Agreement includes procedures whereby the Board, or a duly constituted committee of Independent Directors, will consider requests to exempt (x) any person or group (including any affiliate or associate of such person or group) (an “Exempt Person”) that would otherwise be an “Acquiring Person”, or (y) any transaction (an “Exempt Transaction”) resulting in the beneficial ownership of Common Shares, prior to the consummation of such transaction, from the Acquiring Person, in each case if the Board, or a duly constituted committee of Independent Directors, determines in its sole discretion either that such person or group (including any affiliate or associate of such person or group) or such transaction (i) will not jeopardize or endanger the availability of the NOLs or other Tax Benefits to the Company or (ii) is otherwise in the best interest of the Company; provided that, (A) in the case of an Exempt Person, if the Board, or a duly constituted committee of Independent Directors, later makes a contrary determination with respect to the effect of such person or group’s (including any affiliate or associate of such person or group) beneficial ownership with respect to the availability to the Company of its NOLs or other Tax Benefits, such person or group (including any affiliate or associate of such person or group) shall cease to be an Exempt Person and (B) in the case of an Exempt Person or Exempt Transaction, the Board, or a duly constituted committee of Independent Directors, may require the applicable person or group (including any affiliate or associate of such person or group) to make certain representations or undertakings, the violation or attempted violation of which will be subject to such consequences as the Board, or a duly constituted committee of Independent Directors, may determine it its sole discretion, including that such person or group (including any affiliate or associate of such person or group) shall become an “Acquiring Person”.

 

     
 

 

With respect to any Common Shares outstanding as of the Record Date, until the earliest of the Distribution Date, the Redemption Date and the Expiration Date, (i) in the case of certificated shares, the Rights associated with the Common Shares represented by a certificate shall be evidenced by such certificate along with a copy of a Summary of Rights to Purchase Series A Participating Cumulative Preferred Stock of Taronis Fuels, Inc., and the surrender for transfer of any such certificate shall also constitute the transfer of the Rights associated with the Common Shares represented thereby and (ii) in the case of Common Shares held in uncertificated form, the Rights associated with the Common Shares shall be evidenced by the balances indicated in the book-entry account system of the transfer agent for the Common Shares, and the transfer of any Common Shares in the book-entry account system of the transfer agent for such Common Shares shall also constitute the transfer of the Rights associated with such Common Shares. Therefore, until the Distribution Date, the Rights will be transferred with and only with the underlying Common Shares.

 

As soon as practicable following the Distribution Date, separate certificates evidencing the Rights (“Right Certificates”) will be mailed to holders of record of the Common Shares as of the close of business on the Distribution Date, and such separate Right Certificates alone will thereafter evidence the Rights.

 

The Rights are not exercisable until the Distribution Date and will expire upon the earlier of (i) the close of business on March 2, 2024, (ii) the Redemption Date, (iii) the close of business on the effective date of the repeal of Section 382 or any successor statute if the Board determines that the Rights Agreement is no longer necessary or desirable for the preservation of NOLs or other Tax Benefits, (iv) the close of business on the first day of a taxable year of the Company to which the Board determines that no NOLs or other Tax Benefits may be carried forward, or (v) the Close of Business on the 364th Day Date (as defined in the Rights Agreement) (the earliest of the events described in clauses (i), (iii), (iv) or (v) being herein referred to as the “Expiration Date”).

 

The number of Preferred Shares or other securities issuable upon exercise of the Rights is subject to adjustment by the Board in the event of any change in the Common Shares or Preferred Shares, whether by reason of stock dividends, stock splits, reclassifications, recapitalizations, mergers, consolidations, combinations or exchanges of securities, split-ups, split-offs, spin-offs, liquidations, other similar changes in capitalization, any distribution or issuance of assets, evidences of indebtedness or subscription rights, options or warrants to holders of Common Shares or Preferred Shares or otherwise. The Purchase Price and the number of Preferred Shares or other securities issuable upon exercise of the Rights are subject to adjustment from time to time in the event of the declaration of a stock dividend on the Common Shares payable in Common Shares or a subdivision or combination of the Common Shares prior to the Distribution Date.

 

The Preferred Shares are authorized to be issued in fractions which are an integral multiple of one one-thousandth (1/1,000th) of a Preferred Share. The Company may, but is not required to, issue fractions of shares upon the exercise of Rights (other than one one-thousandths (1/1,000ths) of a Preferred Share (as such fraction may be adjusted as provided in the Rights Agreement) or any integral multiple thereof), and in lieu of fractional shares, the Company may make a cash payment based on the market price of such shares on the first trading date prior to the date of exercise or utilize a depositary arrangement as provided by the terms of the Preferred Shares.

 

Subject to the right of the Board to redeem or exchange the Rights as described below, on the first date of public announcement by the Company or any Acquiring Person that such person or group has become an Acquiring Person, or such earlier date as a majority of the Board shall become aware of the existence of an Acquiring Person, the holder of each Right will thereafter have the right to receive, upon exercise thereof, for the Purchase Price, that number of one one-thousandths (1/1,000ths) of a Preferred Share equal to the number of Common Shares which at the time of such transaction would have a market value of twice the Purchase Price. Any Rights that are or were beneficially owned by an Acquiring Person on or after the Distribution Date will become null and void and will not be subject to the “flip-in” provision.

 

     
 

 

In the event the Company is acquired in a merger or other business combination by an Acquiring Person that is a publicly traded corporation or 50% or more of the Company’s assets or assets representing 50% or more of the Company’s earning power are sold, leased, exchanged or otherwise transferred (in one or more transactions) to an Acquiring Person that is a publicly traded corporation, proper provision must be made so that each Right will entitle its holder to purchase, for the Purchase Price, that number of common shares of such corporation which at the time of the transaction would have a market value of twice the Purchase Price. In the event the Company is acquired in a merger or other business combination by an Acquiring Person that is not a publicly traded entity or 50% or more of the Company’s assets or assets representing 50% or more of the earning power of the Company are sold, leased, exchanged or otherwise transferred (in one or more transactions) to an Acquiring Person that is not a publicly traded entity, proper provision must be made so that each Right will entitle its holder to purchase, for the Purchase Price, at such holder’s option, (i) that number of shares of the surviving corporation in the transaction with such entity which at the time of the transaction would have a book value of twice the Purchase Price or (ii) that number of shares of such entity which at the time of the transaction would have a book value of twice the Purchase Price or (iii) if such entity has an affiliate which has publicly traded common shares, that number of common shares of such affiliate which at the time of the transaction would have a market value of twice the Purchase Price. The “flip-over” provision only applies to a merger or similar business combination with an Acquiring Person.

 

Any Rights that are or were, at any time on or after the date an Acquiring Person becomes such, beneficially owned by an Acquiring Person or any affiliate or associate of an Acquiring Person (or a transferee thereof) will become null and void and any holder of any such Right (including any subsequent holder) will be unable to exercise any such Right.

 

The Rights are redeemable by the Board at a redemption price of $0.0001 per Right (the “Redemption Price”) any time prior to the earlier of (i) the Distribution Date and (ii) the Expiration Date (the date of such redemption being the “Redemption Date”). Immediately upon the action of the Board electing to redeem the Rights, and without any further action and without any notice, the right to exercise the Rights will terminate and the only right of the holders of Rights will be to receive the Redemption Price.

 

After there is an Acquiring Person the Board may elect to exchange each Right (other than Rights owned by an Acquiring Person) for consideration per Right consisting of (i) one-half of the securities that would be issuable at such time upon the exercise of one Right pursuant to the terms of the Rights Agreement or (ii) cash, Preferred Shares (including fractions thereof), Common Shares, in the case of holders of Common Shares (including fractions thereof) or other equity or debt securities (or any combination of any of the foregoing) having an aggregate value equal to one-half of the value of Preferred Shares (including fractions thereof) that would be issuable at such time upon the exercise of one Right pursuant to the terms of the Rights Agreement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Board shall not be empowered to effect such exchange at any time after any person (other than the Company, any subsidiary of the Company, any employee benefit plan of the Company or any such subsidiary, or any entity holding Common Shares for or pursuant to the terms of any such plan), together with all affiliates and associates of such person, becomes the beneficial owner of 50% or more of the Common Shares then outstanding.

 

If the Board elects to mandatorily exchange any Rights, the Board may, at its option and without limiting any rights the Company may have under the Rights Agreement, cause the Company to enter into one or more arrangements it deems necessary or appropriate to implement and give effect to such mandatory exchange in the manner contemplated by the Rights Agreement, including by establishing one or more trusts or other mechanisms for the proper and orderly distribution of the securities and/or cash to be exchanged therefor.

 

At any time prior to the date the Company learns that a person or group (including any affiliate or associate of such person or group) has become an Acquiring Person (subject to exceptions), the Company may, without the approval of any holder of the Rights, supplement or amend any provision of the Rights Agreement (including the date on which the Distribution Date will occur, the amount of the Purchase Price or the definition of “Acquiring Person”), except that no supplement or amendment shall be made that extends the Expiration Date or reduces the Redemption Price.

 

Until a Right is exercised, the holder thereof, as such, will have no rights as a stockholder of the Company, including, without limitation, the right to vote or to receive dividends.

 

The Rights have certain anti-takeover effects. Once the Rights have become exercisable, in most cases the Rights will cause substantial dilution to a person or group that attempts to acquire or merge with the Company. Accordingly, the existence of the Rights may deter potential acquirors from making a takeover proposal or a tender offer. The Rights should not interfere with any merger or other business combination approved by the Board because the Company may redeem the Rights and because the Board can amend the Rights Agreement so that a transaction approved by the Board would not cause the Rights to become exercisable.

 

     
 

 

The Rights Agreement between the Company and the Rights Agent specifying the terms of the Rights, the Certificate of Designation of the Preferred Shares specifying the terms of the Preferred Shares (Exhibit A to the Rights Agreement), and the Form of Rights Certificate (Exhibit B to the Rights Agreement) are filed as Exhibits 4.1, 3.1 and 4.2, respectively, to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form 8-A filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 3, 2021. The foregoing description of the Rights is a summary description of the Rights. This summary is intended to provide a general description only, does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Rights Agreement and to such exhibits, each of which is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 3.03 Material Modification to Rights of Security Holders.

 

The information set forth under “Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement” of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated into this Item 3.03 by reference.

 

Item 5.03 Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal Year.

 

In connection with the entering into of the Rights Agreement described in Item 1.01 above, the Board approved a Certificate of the Voting Powers, Designations, Preferences and Relative Participating, Optional and Other Special Rights and Qualifications, Limitations or Restrictions of Series A Participating Cumulative Preferred Stock of Taronis Fuels, Inc. (the “Certificate of Designation”). The Certificate of Designation was filed with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware and became effective on March 3, 2021, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 3.1. The Certificate of Designation and the information set forth under “Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement” of this Current Report on Form 8-K are incorporated into this Item 5.03 by reference.

 

Item 8.01 Other Events.

 

On March 3, 2021, the Board announced the declaration of a dividend of one Right for each outstanding Common Share. The information set forth under “Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement” of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated into this Item 8.01 by reference.

 

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits

 

Exhibit No.   Description
     
3.1   Certificate of the Voting Powers, Designations, Preferences and Relative Participating, Optional and Other Special Rights and Qualifications, Limitations or Restrictions of Series A Participating Cumulative Preferred Stock of Taronis Fuels, Inc.
     
4.1   Section 382 Rights Agreement dated as of March 3, 2021, between Taronis Fuels, Inc. and Nevada Agency and Transfer Company, as Rights Agent.
     
4.2   Form of Rights Certificate.

 

     
 

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirement of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

Date: March 3, 2021 TARONIS FUELS, INC.
     
  By: /s/ Scott Mahoney
  Name: Scott Mahoney
  Title: Chief Executive Officer

 

     
 

 

EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit
No.
  Description
   
3.1   Certificate of the Voting Powers, Designations, Preferences and Relative Participating, Optional and Other Special Rights and Qualifications, Limitations or Restrictions of Series A Participating Cumulative Preferred Stock of Taronis Fuels, Inc.
     
4.1   Section 382 Rights Agreement dated as of March 3, 2021, between Taronis Fuels, Inc. and Nevada Agency and Transfer Company, as Rights Agent.
     
4.2   Form of Rights Certificate.

 

     

 

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